Two Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) teachers have been awarded teacher grants for innovative performing arts projects from the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Angela Ramacci, theatre teacher at Heritage High School, and Russ Staggs, theatre teacher at Loudoun Valley High School, were among the seven recipients in the Washington Metro area. The grants are for $5,000 each and support special projects and performances, including master classes, artist residencies and technology. The awards recognize high-quality instruction. Recipients are selected by a panel of judges consisting of arts supervisors from surrounding counties, former grantees and Wolf Trap teaching artists.
Ramacci will use her grant to incorporate circus elements in a production of “Circus of My Mind,” scheduled for the spring of 2020. Students involved with the show will collaborate with artists and medical professionals to highlight issues of mental health.
Staggs will use his grant to support an outdoor production of “The Taming of the Shrew” as part of Shakespeare Under the Stars. Students will work with a voice coach to study vocal techniques and dialects. The free performance of this piece is scheduled for May 2020.